I think everyone has a quick and easy go to recipe and this is my new one. I have been known to make this more than twice a week. It contains quite basic ingredients that most of you will have in your cupboards. It lliterally takes 10 minutes to prepare and another 15-20 min on the hob and that’s it, dinner’s served. I like serving it with some vegan parmesan which you can find here and some parsley.

Soups really are something I make every week, at least one if not two or three. They are simple to make and you can be successful with almost any ingredients. This specific soup is full of tomato goodness with the addition of celery and base of onion and garlic which I pretty much always use for soups for flavour enhancers. I also season it with dried basil but if you have fresh that works too and some chilli flakes but powder or cayenne pepper will have a similar effect. I use canned plum tomatoes which I think give a richer flavour and good consistency for this dish but if you only have chopped tomatoes at home you can still make it. You might need to add less water in that case. I add fresh tomatoes too for added freshness and flavour. This recipe is perfect if you’ve got some tomatoes that have started to go old and soft as you won’t notice when they’ve been cooked. A win win situation really!


PORTIONS: 3-4  /  TIME: 35 min

2 tbsp olive oil
2 brown onions
3 large garlic cloves
2 cans plum tomatoes (800 g)
4 medium sized tomatoes (roughly 300g)
2 celery sticks
1 cup water
1 tbsp vegetable stock
1 tbsp dried basil
A pinch of chilli flakes
Salt and black pepper

Roughly chop onion and garlic and add to a large pot and place over medium heat until shiny and slightly see through.

Meanwhile quarter the tomatoes and chop the celery into half inch long pieces.

When onion is ready add water and stock powder, mix.

Add all other ingredients to the pot, stir and cover with lid.

Bring to the boil and then let simmer on low-medium heat.

When the celery and fresh tomatoes are soft, after about 15 min, blend the soup (I use a hand blender).